Bob Filner has resigned as mayor of San Diego and is leaving office on Aug. 30, but a criminal investigation by the state Attorney General's office, an investigation by the Justice Department and Federal investigators into Bob Filner’s dealings with a developer, and an investigation into Bob Filner’s alleged misuse of a city credit card continue, reported San Diego’s 10News on Aug. 23, 2013.
On Friday, the San Diego City Council approved a settlement agreement with (soon to be ex) Mayor Bob Filner in a 7-0 vote after a 90-minute closed-door meeting.
“As part of that deal, the city will provide a joint legal defense with the mayor of claims against him by city employees, volunteers or contractors, but the city reserves the right to seek reimbursement for any damages it suffers. Filner also will be permitted to hire his own lawyer, with the city capping expenses for outside counsel at $98,000, according to the city attorney.”
Since Bob Filner is facing much more than sexual harassment charges, having Bob Filner resign as mayor of San Diego and come to a legal defense cap of $98,000 appears to be a good deal for the city.
“The deal between the city and the mayor stemmed from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Irene McCormack Jackson, the mayor's ex-communications director. Her lawyer, Los Angeles-based Gloria Allred, said Thursday that her client's portion of the litigation has not been settled.”
As of now, Bob Filner has not been officially charged in regard to the sexual harassment cases. However, Bob Filner, who is a 70-year-old former Democratic congressman, is still being investigated by the state Attorney General’s office.
“After the mayor's resignation was announced, a spokesman for state Attorney General Kamala Harris told several news agencies that a criminal investigation of Filner was underway.”
While no specific details in regard to the criminal investigation are being provided by the sheriff’s department, a hotline for women has been opened to report any sexual harassment cases in regard to Bob Filner. So far, a total of 18 women have publicly accused Bob Filner of sexual harassment but the sheriff's department does not reveal how many women have called the hotline.
The hotline number is 619-481-0220.
In addition to the criminal investigation by the state Attorney General’s office, Bob Filner is also being investigated by the Justice Department about his dealings with the developer Sunroad Enterprises. The developer made a $100,000 donation to the city of San Diego in exchange for public land in Kearny Mesa on which it could complete an apartment complex. “The donation was made by San Diego developer Sunroad Enterprises, and requested by the mayor's office.”
“The money was to have gone to two pet projects of the mayor's -- a veterans memorial and promotion for bicycling, but the city returned the money.”
On June 28, 2013, Bob Filner said that he had not been contacted by authorities regarding the donation and added that "I knew nothing about this."
The third major issue that Bob Filner is facing is the misuse of a city credit card. Since January, Bob Filner ran up more than $11,000 on a city credit card that included personal charges for purchases at Westgate Hotel, Indigo café & catering, United Airlines and Hilton Vela Restaurant. Since only one payment was made, the credit card (which belonged to the city, not Bob Filner personally) was suspended.
In regard to the alleged credit card misuse, City Councilman Kevin Faulconer issued a statement to San Diego’s 10News:
"Mayor Filner's continued abuse of power knows no bounds. Based on this new evidence, I am broadening the scope of my Audit Committee hearing to investigate how Mayor Filner was able to circumvent credit card rules and how to prevent negative effects on the City's credit rating as a result of one person's misuse of taxpayer dollars."
On August 15, before the mediation with retired federal Judge J. Lawrence Irving began in regard to the sexual harassment suit, the city attorney released a statement saying that Mayor Bob Filner should be removed from office “if Filner allowed unauthorized payments from the city treasury.”
As it turned out, it was not money but women that became Mayor Bob Filner’s downfall.
At the age of 70, or maybe because he was in Congress for too long, Bob Filner appears to be unable to recognize having done something wrong with either one.
After Friday’s resignation, Bob Filner remained defiant in his speech and blamed his loss of being mayor on the "lynch mob."
“I started my political career facing lynch mobs, but I think we have just faced one here in San Diego. And you're going to have to deal with that. In a lynch mob mentality, rumors become allegations, allegations become facts, facts become evidence of sexual harassment, which have led to ... the resignation and recall. Not one allegation, members of the council, has ever been independently verified or proven in court. I have never sexually harassed anyone. But there's a hysteria that has been created, that many of you helped to feed. It's the hysteria of a lynch mob."